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TOP 50 Music Festivals in the USA in 2022 & 2023

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Looking for the best music festivals in the USA in 2022-2023!? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve compiled the ultimate US festival bucket list to keep you plenty busy for many festival seasons to come!

In the last decade, the popularity of the festival industry and amount of new events hitting North America has been exponential, and every year they’ve just been getting bigger and better! From weekend-long camping adventures, dusk-til-dawn mega raves, and small boutique festivals – this list has got it covered! 

While attending ALL of these would require a significantly large amount of money, time, and energy – it would certainly be the adventure of a lifetime (and something I’m personally trying to achieve)!  

So without further ado, here’s what I think are…The 50 Best Music Festivals in the U.S.A

Best Music Festivals USA 2020

Credit: Alive Coverage

 


1) Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music Festival - Best 2020 Festivals

Photo by Andrew Jorgensen

When: June 16-19, 2022

Where: Great Stage ParkManchester, Tennessee

www.bonnaroo.com | www.facebook.com/bonnaroo

The most positive place on this planet, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, every time.

Bonnaroo is…Thousands of happy campers. 700 acres of Tennessee nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ Stages of music. Dozens of comedians. 4 of the best days ever. An escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass. A mini film fest. Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Funky Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage. System overload. The perfect bite of ice cream. Sandals. Fallovers. Chirping Birds. Flashing Lights. Food and Drink. Variety. Singing. Laughing. Short shorts. High-Fives. Rocky IV in the cinema tent at 3am. Spicy Pie. Memories. Someone dressed up like Teen Wolf. Holy Cow(!) Moments. Interesting factoids. Egg sandwiches. More music. Adventure. Deep Breaths. Big smiles. This. That. The Other. Hellos and Goodbyes and reminders of all that we have to celebrate and look forward to next year and in the future.”

Bonnaroo Music Festival - US Festivals 2020

Photo by Andrew Jorgensen

 


Bonnaroo features a diverse lineup of 150+ musicians and other performance artists every year. With 10+ stages and entertainment that goes ALL NIGHT LONG, you will NOT be bored. AND Camping at Bonnaroo is hardly “camping” by most definitions of the word – it’s a non-stop adventure of discovery and human connection with your fellow Bonnaroovians, and a key to the one-of-a-kind Bonnaroo experience.

Watch this incredible short film below for just a small glimpse about what Bonnaroo is all about!

 


2) Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella 2020 - Best Music Festivals in the U.S.A

When: 14-16 April and 21-13 April 2023 (Dates TBC – Two Weekends)

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

https://www.coachella.com/

Coachella is arguably the most iconic and famous music & arts festival in the United States (and quite possibly the entire world). If you haven’t been, I can guarantee you it’ll certainly be an experience that you’ll never forget. While it may be notoriously expensive, I personally think it’s worth every penny. Each year Coachella provides an undeniably impressive line-up spanning nearly every music genre, epic stage production, world-class food & drink vendors and a fantastic festival atmosphere.

Being a favorite among the dozens of quality music festivals in California, tickets do sell-out almost instantly, so make sure your festival squad plan ahead and scoop up some tickets while you can! I’ve attended Coachella in 2014 & 2018, and I had the time of my life, and can’t wait to return to the magical  Empire Polo Club for another round for Coachella 2020! 

Join the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2023 Facebook Event for more information

Check out this Coachella after movie below for some stunning footage!

 


3) Governor’s Ball

Governors Ball - Best US Festivals 2020

Photo by Greg Noire via Gov Ball’s Facebook

When: June 10-12, 2022

Where: Citi Field, New York City

https://www.governorsballmusicfestival.com/

For the east coast residents looking to enjoy an unbelievable festival with the iconic NYC skyline as a backdrop, make your way to Governor’s Ball. Widely recognized as one of the biggest and best festivals in New York, this definitely deserves a top spot on your bucket list! While this year it is taking place at Citi Park, previously it was located on the beautiful and well-maintained Randall’s Island Park, festival-goers are treated to three days of world-class music, phenomenal stages, and good vibes. 

“We started all this 8 years ago because we were music lovers who lived in a city that needed – that deserved – a contemporary music festival. Music is always our primary focus, and with 60+ artists of all genres across 4 stages, there is something for everyone.”

 


4) Outside Lands Music Festival

Outside Lands - Best Festivals in the US 2020

When: August 5-7, 2022

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Fransisco, California

https://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

Outside Lands is Northern California’s premiere music festival, and I can personally say that it’s an absolute blast! It’s a local favorite among San Franciscans, and there really is a special and relaxing festival vibe for these three days in Golden Gate Park. While tickets, food, and drink costs are rather high (like everything in SF), it’s an incredible event that you should definitely check out at least once! 

The line-ups are always super-diverse (and I always discover tons of new artists), the production is fantastic, and you’ll simply fall in love with the venue (located in the heart of San Francisco). While Outside Lands Music Festival finishes early (around 10 PM), the city is filled with afterparties and sideshows of the artists on the line-up, and it really is a great time to visit the city. If you don’t want to spend the money for the full 3-day general admission, just buy a one-day ticket for your preferred day of the line-up, and spend the rest of your time partying it up in San Francisco’s thriving nightlife scene

Join the Outside Lands Music Festivals 2021 Facebook Event

Read my festival reviews from 2017 & 2018:

Outside Lands - Best Music Festivals in the US 2020

 


5) Austin City Limits 

Austin City Limits - Best US Festivals 2020

Photo by Sydney Gawlik

When: October 7-9 & October 14-16, 2022 (Two Weekends)

Where: Austin, Texas

https://www.aclfestival.com

2 Weekends, 8 Stages, and Over 130 bands

Since its first edition in 2002, Austin City Limits has grown to become one of the largest and most well-known festivals in the US! With its growth in popularity, it’s expanded to a two-weekend event that offers its attendees some of the best international artists spanning all genres, fine arts exhibits by local artists, and incredible Texas BBQ, as well dozens of other delicious food & drink vendors.

Join the 2022 ACL Fest – Weekend 1 or 2022 ACL Fest – Weekend 2 Events for more information!

 


6) Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza - Best USA Music Festivals 2020

Credit: Charles Reagan

When: July 28- July 31, 2022

Where: Grant Park, Chicago

https://www.lollapalooza.com

“What started as a single-stage music showcase put together in 1991 by Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, has since evolved into a larger-than-life music experience like no other. Connecting with the city’s deep musical legacy, Lollapalooza set down roots and made Chicago its home in 2005—and it hasn’t looked back. Now a destination event, thousands of fans travel from around the world to experience the massive crowds, scenic lakefront setting, and incredible entertainment every summer.”

Lollapalooza is Chicago’s biggest (and longest) summer festival that brings together the biggest names in music every year! Located in the beautiful Grant Park with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, it’s a four-day adventure that will surely be a highlight of your summer. Plus, you’ll be able to destroy those festival hangovers with some delicious deep-dish pizza! 

 


7) Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival - Best USA Festivals 2020

Photo credit: RUDGR

When: March 24-26, 2023

Where: Miami, Florida

https://ultramusicfestival.com

For over 20 years, ULTRA Music Festival has invited guests to downtown Miami for a weekend of top-notch electronic music, and in recent years, has been producing events in nearly every corner of the globe. From Australia to Japan, Buenos Aires to Croatia – ULTRA has proven repeatedly it’s one of the best music festival productions in the world. 

While in 2019, ULTRA was forced to move venues due to issues with the city of Miami, I’m stoked that ULTRA 2020 will be returning to its iconic venue of Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami, Florida. It’s always the main highlight of Miami Music Week, and is truly an experience that every EDM fan should experience at least once in their life. While ticket prices may be high for the average festival attendee, once you get a look at the star-studded line-up, it makes perfect sense! 

“For EDM fans around the world, Ultra in Miami is a must-stop on the international circuit. While most of the United States is shivering in parkas waiting for the summer festival season, Ultra fans are dancing their asses off in sunny Miami. The show always delivers surprises – both in the musical acts and the fans that attend.”

 


8) Firefly Music Festival

Firefly Music Festival - Best US Music Festivals 2020

Credit: Alive Coverage

When: September 9-25, 2022 – 10 year anniversary!

Where: The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware

http://www.fireflyfestival.com/

“Taking place annually in the beautiful Woodlands of Dover, Delaware – Firelfy Music Festival is the East Coast’s largest music and camping festival! Featuring incredible live performances by genre-bending artists, unique food and drink vendors and a one-of-a-kind onsite camping experience, The Great Atlantic Campout, Firefly Music Festival has become a can’t miss summer event for legions of fans.”

“Firefly. This is like the new Glastonbury of America!”   – Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons

Join the Firefly Festival 2022 Facebook Event for more information!

 


9) Electric Daisy Carnival

Electric Daisy Carnival - Best US Festivals

When: May 19-21, 2023

Where: Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas

https://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com

All Are Welcome Under the Electric Sky | Dusk Til’ Dawn

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC for short) Las Vegas is the largest electronic dance music festival in North America, but pretty much every EDM fan already knows that. What started in 1997 as a warehouse party in Los Angeles, has turned into one of the wildest, massive, and mesmerizing dance music festivals in the entire world, and simply should be at TOP at every raver’s bucket list!  

Now I’ve personally attended EDC three different times now: the last edition that was hosted in Los Angeles (2011), the first year it was brought out to Las Vegas (2012), and once again in Vegas back in 2014. It truly is unlike any festival I’ve been to in the USA, and is one of the most impressive events in the world! I’ve gotta give it up to Pasquale Rotella and the team over Insomniac events because they go above & beyond to ensure the “headliners” (the attendees) all have a life-changing experience every year!! 

EDC is a unique multi-day festival pushing the boundaries of imagination and setting standards in the live entertainment industry. By incorporating carnival themes and attractions, cutting-edge stage production, world-class talent, and innovative art and technology, EDC is more than an electronic music festival – it is an unparalleled multi-sensory experience unlike any other. The brand has created a passionate community of accepting fans that have turned EDC into a way of life. The foundation upon which the phenomenon was built is one of unity, love, self expression, and respect for one another.”


10) Electric Forest 

Electric Forest - Best US Festivals 2020

Image via Don Idio – https://www.donidiovisuals.com

When: June 23-26, 2022

Where: Rothbury, Michigan

https://electricforestfestival.com/

“Have you ever felt anything like it? The beat of the bass charging the atmosphere with electrifying energy. Bolts of lightning streaking through the forest, arcing around the trees, and captivating the crowd into awe.A mind-melting experience of community, woodland, and rhythm bringing 45,000 people together every year in a musical-matrix of natural and electric vibrations…”

Out of all the US music festivals on this list, I’d argue that Electric Forest wins for having the best venue! Tucked deep in the woods of Michigan, once a year pops up a magical land filled magical lights & lasers shining through the massive trees, epic stages with performances from world-class artists, and top-notch vibes from the loving #ForestFamily. Make sure you snag tickets to this one early, because they are certainly hard to come by! It’s one of the most highly sought after music festivals in the country, and is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your summer!   

While I have yet to attend myself, I’m really hoping that Electric Forest 2022 will be my year! Everyone I know people who have been say nothing but incredible things, and that it’s simply a place you have to visit to fully understand it! 

 


11) Hangout Festival

Hangout Fest- Best US Music Festivals

When: May 20-22, 2022

Where: The Gulf Shores, Alabama

http://hangoutmusicfest.com/

Hangout Music Festival is a massive 3-Day beach extravaganza complete with beach clubs, ocean swimming, sailing expeditions, roller discos, free yoga, beach volleyball, a puppy kissing booth, Ferris wheel views, beautiful art installations, and so much more! While Alabama might not be the first place you think of for a “destination festival”, Hangout Music Festival is produced by Goldenvoice (the same company behind Coachella), so you know it’s guaranteed to be an incredible beach and music festival vacation. Take a look through their previous line-ups, and you’ll understand the talent they bring out. 

 


12) South by South West (SXSW) 

SXSW - Best US Music Festivals 2020

Atmosphere – Outdoor Stage – Photo by David Brendan Hall

When: March 10-19, 2023

Where: Austin

https://www.sxsw.com

“It’s not that South by Southwest takes over Austin — downtown Austin becomes SXSW for nine days in March. Music, art, interactive, panels, comedy, and movies all vie for your attention span. Let’s put it this way. You could skip media for a year, come to Austin for the week, and still come out ahead on pop culture.

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.”

 

 


13) Electric Zoo 

Electric Zoo - Music Festivals USA 2020

When: September 2-4, 2022 (Labor Day Weekend)

Where: Randall’s Island Park

https://electriczoo.com/

“Established in 2009 by Made Event, the internationally renowned Electric Zoo Festival is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum of electronic music’s various sub-genres. International editions of Electric Zoo have taken place in Mexico City, Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo.

Electric Zoo celebrates the joy of electronic music every year by putting on one of the biggest, most immersive festival experiences in the world.”

It is said that change is not only a natural part of life but the only way to reveal true beauty. Just think about the metamorphosis that a caterpillar undergoes to become an exquisite butterfly. It’s pretty mind-blowing. Thus, we’ve taken such inspiration and tied it into this year’s theme, Electric Zoo: Evolved.

Join the Electric Zoo EDM Festival 2021: Supernaturals Facebook Event for more information!

 


14) Kaaboo Del Mar Festival

Kaaboo Del Mar - Best USA Music Festivals 2020

Credit: Alive Coverage

When: September 2022

Where: Petco Park

https://www.kaaboodelmar.com

Southern California’s largest music, comedy, art and culinary festival!

“Forget what you know about music festivals, we’ve shifted the paradigm and built something new. KAABOO is the perfect weekend escape, described in a word that comes from whatever the hell we feel like yelling when we’re high on life and having fun. A curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific. Where every detail is designed for your enjoyment and clean, comfortable amenities inspire you to break from your busy life, let loose and enjoy the experience. Welcome to KAABOO, the place where all of your senses align.”

And exciting news, that beginning in September 2020, KAABOO Del Mar, will celebrate its sixth festival event with a move to America’s number one ballpark (Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres) and its surrounding venues, and will feature a variety of headlining music hitmakers and legends of varying genres, and offer an unrivaled level of entertainment throughout the weekend.

 


15) BUKU Music + Art Project

Buku Music Festival - 2020 USA Festivals

Credit: Alive Coverage

When: March 25-26, 2022

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

https://www.thebukuproject.com/

Urban music+art festival meets epic warehouse party celebrating the progressive subculture of New Orleans.

“Buku is a New Orleans playground. The lines between fan and performer are blurred. Am I looking at art or sitting on it? Does it matter? Let go and immerse yourself in: BUKULTURE. Music & art feel different like this! We believe in those who strive to be dope. Originality, creativity, freedom, and community is our anthem. If you’re in the BUKREWE, you know! If not, come join us”

 


16) Lightning In A Bottle

Lightning In A Bottle - Top USA Electronic Camping Festivals 2020

When: May 25-May 30, 2022

Where: Buena Vista Lake, Kern County, California

http://lightninginabottle.org/

Lightning in a Bottle, or more commonly referred to as “LIB”, is one of the largest transformational music festivals in the USA

While it always boasts an incredible electronic line-up, there is much to more to this spiritually awakening festival.  Many friends of mine have called it their favorite festival they’ve ever attended, and it will easily be a life-changing festival experience.  Go to some workshops, do some yoga, take a refreshing dip in the lake, watch the sunrise, and party like there’s no tomorrow!

Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability & Life. 

“The history of LIB spans more than a decade, and friends, family, and co-horts of The Do LaB are thrilled and astounded that it’s been more than ten years of making miracles and catching Lightning in a Bottle!”

Join the Lightning in a Bottle 2022 Facebook Event for more details!

 


17) Shaky Knees Music Festival

Shaky Knees - Best USA Music Festivals

When: May 5 – 7, 2023 – 10 year anniversary!

Where: Central Park, Atlanta, Georgia

https://www.shakykneesfestival.com/

“Drawing in nearly 40,000 attendees, Shaky Knees Festival brings a highly desired indie scene to the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. In an era where most festival headliners feature a variation of EDM/DJ acts, Shaky Knees lives to show another side of modern-day music.

With more than 60 bands each year Shaky Knees is a rock lover’s dream. Since its inception in 2013, Shaky Knees has featured a diverse lineup ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists.”

 


18) Made in America 

Made in America Festival - Best American Music Festivals

Credit: Matthew Chen

When: 3-4 September 2022 (Labor Day weekend)

Where: Philadelphia

http://madeinamericafest.com

“The Made in America music festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway each Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. With dozens of top performers and multiple stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the two-day music festival curated by Jay-Z is one of the year’s can’t-miss events. Every year, Jay-Z hand-picks a lineup of both established and up-and-coming musicians to perform throughout the weekend — and sometimes, you can even find Jay-Z singing along in the crowd.”

Made in America Festival - Music Festivals US 2020

Credit: Michael Allen

 


19) Summerfest

Summerfest - Biggest Music Festivasls in the US 2020

When: June 23-25, June 30 – July 2, July 7-9 2022

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

https://www.summerfest.com/

“Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance is the World’s Largest Music Festival and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration that attracts the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites.”

Lasting for over 11 days across 11 different stages, and 800 performances – Summerfest is attended by a staggering 800,000 people! So check it out for one day, or all 11, but just make sure you add it to your US festival bucket list!

 


20) Lost Lands

Lost Lands Music Festival - Best US Festivals 2020

Image via https://www.donidiovisuals.com/

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: Thornville, Ohio

Genre: EDM, Bass, Dubstep

http://www.lostlandsfestival.com

ESCAPE THE CONFINES OF THE WORLD OUTSIDE AND FIND YOURSELF IN AN IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT SURROUNDED BY DINOSAURS, BEATS, AND BASS. LOST LANDS MANIFESTS A FORWARD-THINKING VISION TO DELIVER AN UNFORGETTABLE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE AND UNITE HEADBANGERS TOGETHER AS ONE TRIBE.

“Experience Lost Lands, presented by Excision, at the beautiful Legend Valley in Thornville, OH this September! See the land before time in all its glory — dinosaurs included. The insane Lost Lands lineup is curated by Excision himself, & it’s sure to rattle the fields right down to their core.  Grab your tickets and catch the top artists from the past 65 million years and join us for the filthiest 3 days of bass you have ever experienced!”

Join the Lost Lands Music Festival 2021 Facebook Event for more details! 

 


21) Movement Electronic

Movement Electronic Techno Festival - Best US Festivals 2020

Credit: Katie Laskowska

When: Memorial Day Weekend 2022

Where: Detroit

https://www.movement.us

“Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather in the birthplace of Techno to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations, new and old. Movement Music Festival is one of the longest-running dance music events in the world, committed to showcasing authentic electronic music and providing an experience unlike any other. The festival takes place in Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. ”

 


22) Groove Cruise

Groove Cruise - Best US Music Festivals 2020

When: January 19-23, 2024

Where: Miami | Labadee’s Private Paradise | Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas

https://www.groovecruise.com/

Groove Cruise is the OG music festival cruise, and will without-a-doubt be one of the best experiences of your life! I’ve personally attended three different Groove Cruise voyages, and it’s truly the most loving atmosphere I’ve ever encountered in the music festival industry. There’s something unexplainably magical that occurs when the #GCFAM gets together, and they always deliver stacked line-ups with a mix of EDM, House, Trance, and Techno, as well provide a deliver a wide variety of unique activities onboard the cruise. Plus, they sail to beautiful locations in the Caribbean and Meixico, so it’s the perfect music vacation for music festival lovers!

Check out my Groove Cruise festival reviews for a bit more information, and I hope to see you on board!


23) Life is Beautiful 

Life is Beautiful - Best USA Music Festivals

Credit: Alive Coverage

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Downtown Las Vegas

https://lifeisbeautiful.com

“Life is Beautiful takes over Downtown Las Vegas for a three-day weekend each year, promising festival-goers a host of surprises in four key areas: Art, Music, Food and Learning – truly providing something for everyone. The lineup mixes popular acts such as Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Brandon Flowers and Hozier with classic icons such as Duran Duran and Stevie Wonder.

Street art, huge murals, installations and a multi-sensory Art Motel entice art-lovers, and a VIP area – complete with celebrity chef cooking demos, real grass to lounge on and free lemonade – helps you forget the desert heat.”

 


24) Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival - Top US Festivals

When: September 15-8, 2022

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta

http://www.imaginefestival.com/

We look forward to bringing your imagination to life! Welcome to the Imagine Music Festival.

When it comes to the best EDM festivals in America, this is the ONE I’m personally dying to check out myself! Everyone I know who has attended has expressed how amazing it is, and every year the Imagine Festival crew wow their attendees with stacked line-ups, impressive stage designs, and unbeatable rave community vibes!

 

It’s no surprise it’s recently been voted as one of “Top 20 Festivals in the World” by Fest300, as well as in the “Top Ten Emerging Music Festivals by USA Today”!  

 

“When Imagine Music Festival arrives, the event will transport festival-goers to an immersive aquatic fairytale featuring multiple magnificent stages with world-class sound and lighting production. Wander through fantastic atmospheres filled with mind-bending circus performers, mermaids, sea creatures, art installations, vendors, CAMPING and more, creating an unforgettable 360-degree experience.”

 

 


25) HARD Summer Music Festival

HARD Summer - Best US Electronic Music Festivals

Credit: Doug Van Sant

When: July 29-31 2022

Where: The Speedway in Fontana, San Bernadino, California

https://www.hardsummer.com/

This annual two-day mega-festival has been a Southern California favorite for over a decade, and always manages to put together an unbelievably stacked line-up, incredible stage production, and overall stellar festival experience. 

The team over at HARD Events has been a key player in the growth of the EDM scene in the United States, and fun fact, my first massive rave in the USA was HARD Haunted Mansion back in 2009! From producing events like HARD Day of the Dead, Holy Ship, and HARD Red Rocks: attending one of their events will always impress!

 


26) Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge

Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge

When: June 18 – 19 2022

Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington

Pacific Northwest’s Premier Electronic Music Festival

https://pnw.beyondwonderland.com/

One of California’s largest and most well-known EDM festivals is heading up to Washington for the first time in 2021 (after the inaugural event in 2020 was forced to be cancelled). 

The Gorge is one of the most jaw-dropping festival venues in the world, and with Insomniac bringing their world-class festival production, incredible EDM line-up, and epic campsites – this is an inagural debut that EDM fans should travel all over the country to attend!

Join the Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge 2022 Facebook Event for more information!


27) ROLLING LOUD 

Rolling Loud Music Festival

When: July 2022

Where: Miami, Flordia | Oakland, California | Queens, NY

http://www.rollingloud.com

 “Rolling Loud Festival is a 3-day music event that started in Miami, FL and is now the largest Hip-Hop festival in the world. We now also hosts festivals in Northern California and Southern California, with plans to expand internationally to Japan, China and Europe in the near future. Some of the biggest names that have performed on the Rolling Loud stage includes the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Post Malone, Migos, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Lil B, and many more.”

For the hip-hop festival fans out there, this should definitely be on your dream festivals! 

 


28) Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago - Best USA Festivals 2020

When: July 15-17 2022

Where: Union Park, Chicago

Genre: Alternative Rock / Indie / Electronic / Hip Hop

https://pitchforkmusicfestival.com

“Celebrating its 14th year in 2019, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents 40+ acts over the course of three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. Since 2006, this independently run festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced, and rewarding weekends of music around.

Hosting 60,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries, Pitchfork Music Festival offers a wide array of activities beyond the music. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty record and craft fairs, the festival works to support local businesses while promoting the Chicago arts and food communities as a whole. We maintain a commitment to keeping ticket prices low, providing new and useful amenities, and working with the city’s best local vendors each year. Stay tuned for more festival feature updates.”

 


29) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Best US Music Festivals 2020

When: April 28 – May 7 2023

Where: Union Park, Chicago

Genre: Jazz

http://www.nojazzfest.com/

For all the jazz fans out there, if the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival isn’t on your bucket list yet, then you’re not a true jazz fan! It’s one of the longest-running and largest jazz festivals in the USA, and is the perfect time to visit the great city of New Orleans!

“Started in 1970, “Jazz Fest” continues to showcase the most important names in music both locally and nationally. Celebrating 49 years of musical and cultural memories, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, R&B, Cajun, country, zydeco and much more.”

 


30) Louder Than Life Rock Festival

The Largest Rock Festival in America

Louder Than Life Festival 2020 - Best US Music Festivals

When: September 22-25 202

Where: Highland Festival Grounds, Louisville, Kentucky

Genre: Rock

www.louderthanlifefestival.com/

Complete with dozens of the biggest names in rock & roll, massive stages, and unique bars – the annual Louder Than Life festival is an adventure every rocker needs to experience for themselves. The 2019 line-up included headling sets from Guns N Roses, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Marlilyn Manson, and tons more! There aretons of delicious food & drink options spread around the epic festival grounds and lots of unique festival experiences for attendees to check out during these three-days of incredible rock music!

 


31) Friendship Cruise Festival

Friendship Festival Cruise - Best US Festivals 2020

When: Feb 27 – Mar 3 2023

Where: Miami

https://thefriendship.com/

2018 was the inaugural sold-out cruise for the brand new festival cruise, “FRIENDSHIP”. With a star-studded line-up with names like Boys Noize, Dixon, and Rufus Du Sol – it looked like an epic time! I had some friends who went (who even got engaged during one of Destructo’s legendary sets), and they had nothing but great things to say about it.  It’s one of the new music festival cruises in the scene, but I’ve got a feeling the Friendship will be around for many years to come!

Friendship is returning for their next voyage in February 2023, departing from Miami and sailing to the iconic CocoCay island in the Bahamas! With a jam-packed line-up, awesome activities, and incredible vibes – it’s going to be a top-notch experience for all those who are lucky enough to book a room on board!

Friendship USA Music Festival

Friendship USA Music Festival


“Get ready to cruise out with some of the best international music acts aboard a glamorous ship to sea. It’s the perfect setting to make new friends and gather with old ones. States DESTRUCTO, “There is a place where my friends and I go and we do fun things—the kind of fun things that build everlasting memories that I could never put a price on and I absolutely never could because these times are priceless and irreplaceable. At the end when I look back and reminisce about these times I had and the experiences that molded me and watered me enough to grow, I’ll think about all the friends I’ve made along the way and how I am a part of their story and they are more than all my friends. They are all my family. That is FRIENDSHIP.”

 


32) iHeart Radio Music Festival

When: September 23-24, 2022

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

https://www.iheart.com/music-festival/

“Since 2011, iHeartRadio Music Festival has taken place each year in Las Vegas, in September. It boasts a myriad of world-class musical acts, and has quickly become a fixture on the festival scene. For the first several years, the festival was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. However, as of last year, the main festival stage was moved to the T-Mobile Arena. But that’s not the only place to see great music: the festival also features the iHeartRadio Daytime Village, a second venue that features additional up and coming acts.

As an attendee at this amazing festival, you are treated to performance after performance, both indoors and outdoors, all weekend long. Prepare for music overload, in the best way possible! This is truly the experience of a lifetime for music lovers of all ages. As you’ll see in a moment as we divulge this year’s lineup, it’s really no surprise that this festival has established itself as one of the most well-known and well-regarded music experiences in such a short time.


33) Stagecoach Music Festival

Stagecoach - California Country Music Festival 2022

When: April 29 – May 1, 2022

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/

California’s Premier Country Music Festival

“The five-day transformation from the massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival into Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival by the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company is always shocking to people who go to both events. 

Instead of surreal and sometimes psychedelic installation art of Coachella, there are giant cowboy boots and a bronze bucking horse. The attire morphs from flower crowns and H&M branded fashions to red, white and blue everything – including shirts, pants, bandannas and long flowing sashes bearing the U.S. flag. Held at Indio’s Empire Polo Club, this festival celebrates new and established country music artists.”

 


34) Camp Bisco

Camp Bisco - US Festivals 2020

When: July 2021 (No confirmed date for 2022 yet)

Where: Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania 

http://campbisco.com

“Camp Bisco is an outdoor music festival held at the picturesque Montage Mountain, a world-class concert venue & waterpark located in Scranton, PA. Camp Bisco is a 3-day, rain-or-shine event with camping. Camp Bisco will feature 3 days and nights of music on 3 stages. Anyone who has been before can tell you, Camp Bisco is the best event of its kind and we’re so excited to see you all again! Join us at Montage Mountain for our 17th installment of this amazing weekend for the ultimate escape to your reality.”

 


35) Wanderlust Festival

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Credit: Melissa Gayle Photography

When: July 2022 Dates TBA

Where: Various Locations

http://wanderlust.com/festivals/

Wanderlust is different than your standard music festival, as it’s more of a retreat/ getaway/ vacation with a big emphasis on music and community! The few friends I know who have attended told me it’s truly special, and they can’t wait to them for many years to come! 

They also host events ALL around the world, so definitely worth checking out their website and keeping up-to-date with their calendar if you’re into this type of transformational event!

“This Way to True North.

For 10 years, Wanderlust has gathered teachers, experts, musicians, and creators at stunning resorts for transformational experiences—each unique unto itself. Over the last decade, yogis have grown their practice, connected with community, and made life-altering discoveries. To celebrate our tenth year, we’re making our festivals accessible to all.

From mountain resorts to majestic city parks, 4-day retreats to 2-day urban escapes, the festival experience is now within your grasp. Step into what’s beyond: new ideas, new friends, new foods, new moves. And at the end of all this blissed-out exploring you’ll find you’ve come home—to yourself.

Music is the heartbeat of Wanderlust festivals. You’ll feel the pulse in the subtle spinning of a brilliant DJ, in the sweet rhythms of our acoustic meditations, and classes accompanied by perfectly paired beats will leave your body awash in energy. Whatever your taste, the musical discoveries that await at Wanderlust will leave you with new favorites for practice and party alike.”

 


36) Dirtybird Campout

Dirtybird Campout - Best US Festivals 2020

Credit: Aaron Glassman

You’re never too old to go to summer camp! Dust off your camping gear and calibrate your compasses, Dirtybird Campout is coming…

When: October 7-9, 2022

Where: Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds 

https://www.dirtybirdcampout.com/west/

“What remains most special about Dirtybird Campout is its ability to craft an intimate space for guests to let their inner children out to play and create unforgettable memories, soundtracked by top selectors in house, techno, and bass. Campers are invited to immerse themselves in a wide variety of activities just steps away from camp and the stages—from tug-of-war to archery, to kickball—often alongside DIRTYBIRD ‘Camp Counselors’ themselves. It’s this open and fun atmosphere that keeps its ranks filled year after year. 

So I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Dirtybird Record label for a long time, and Dirtybird Campout is the annual event that’s an unforgettable adult summer camp/music festival experience. It started in 2015, and has grown bigger, better, and wilder every year! Definitely add this one to your list!

Read my Dirtybird Campout 2016 Festival Review to get a better understanding!

“Whether you went to summer camp back in the day, or found yourself at Campout over the last four years, those memories of sun-drenched hours full of outdoor activities, hazy summer afternoons, and sleepless nights under the stars, have fostered an unmatched sense of belonging and an unparalleled community for many. It is this family feel that has made Dirtybird Campout one of North America’s most celebrated and unique festival weekends.”


37) Decadence Arizona

Decadence 2018 Day 1 @ Rawhide 181230 | Photos by Jacob Tyler Dunn

Decadence 2018 | Photo by Jacob Tyler Dunn

When: December 30-31, 2021 (2022 Date TBC)

Where: Chandler, Arizona

http://decadencearizona.com

Arizona’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration Music Festival

“Decadence is a 2-day New Year’s Eve experience that features a diverse lineup of artists that is sure to please all… If you live on the West-coast, love music, and yearn for adventure… you will want to gather your friends and make the journey to DECADENCE where you can say your final goodbyes to 2019 and kick off 2020 with a BANG.”

 


38) Lucidity Festival

Lucidity Festival - Best US Music Festivals 2020

When: April 8-10, 2022

Where: Live Oak Campground, Santa Barbara, California

https://lucidityfestival.com/

Sound baths, acro yoga, dance workshops, fire breathers, circus performers, food vendors, fashion stalls, blacklight tea parties, cacao ceremonies, art galleries, epic DJ’s, live bands, crazy costumes, and an incredible amount of Oxytocin filled hugging. I had an unbelievably magical experience at Lucidity Festival, and think the world would be a better place if everyone attended it once in their life.

It’s truly one of the most unique, colorful, and intimate community-oriented camping festivals I’ve ever attended!  

Check out my review article about my experience here:  Ludicity Festival – Rising Dawn | Top 12 Festival Highlights!  I, unfortunately, I couldn’t make it back for the 2019 edition since I was traveling through Spain, but I’m really hoping to make a return for 2020!!

 


39) Voodoo Festival

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Credit: Sydney Gawlik

When: October 2022

Where: City Park, New Orleans, Lousisiana 

https://www.voodoofestival.com/

“Voodoo is a musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up. With more than 65 bands over three days, Voodoo is more than just a Festival – it is an experience. There’s plenty to do in between sets. Across the Festival Grounds of City Park, Voodoo hosts interactive and immersive large-scale art installations, the Brew Dat Beer Hall and the House of Blues Voodoo, a handcrafted shopping experience at the Market Place, and more”

 


40) Okeechobee Music Festival

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Florida

When: March 2-5, 2023

Where: Okeechobee, Florida

https://okeechobeefest.com

“Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is a 4-day surreal experience, filled with multi-genre music, immersive art and transformative events, deep in the heart of Florida’s wild wilderness. A gathering of all walks of life where the common ground is music, magic and mystery from dusk til dawn.

“Taking place in early March, Okeechobee is now the first major music festival of the US festival season and provides a glimpse of touring summertime artists. The festival’s home at Sunshine Grove is a treat for campers with lush grassy fields, a sandy beach, and a majestic grove.

The Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival is back this year for a full weekend of music, camping, art, and unique transformational experiences! The festival will take place amongst 800 acres of lush grasslands, lakes, woods, and jungle in Sunshine Grove, Florida, with nature-filled and lakeside camping options.”

 


41) Bumbershoot Festival

When: September 2 -4, 2022

Where: Seattle, Washington

https://www.bumbershoot.com/

“Now approaching half a century, Bumbershoot is one of Seattle’s largest cultural touchstones. Each year, thousands of people from across the country flock to Seattle Center to attend this acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and most-loved contemporary festivals in North America, while having maintained its Northwest spirit and innovative roots.”

 


42) Arise Music Festival

When: Cancelled – we hope to see the event revived again soon!

Where: Sunrise Ranch, Loveland

http://arisefestival.com/

“The ARISE Music Festival is much more than a music festival…it’s a movement.  Held on an organic ranch in a picturesque Colorado Rocky Mountain valley oasis just 60 minutes north of Denver. 3 days and nights of camping, music, art, workshops, films, yoga and so much more!

At the core of the ARISE mission is a firm belief that creating a festival experience which inspires positivity, joy and active engagement in issues of social justice is a call to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this precious life.”

ARISE plants 1 tree for every ticket sold.

 


43) Afropunk Festival

Afropunk Festival - Best US Music Festivals

When & Where: Miami (May 2022) & Minneapolis (June 18-19 2022)

https://afropunk.com/

AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard.

Afro: as in, born of African spirit and heritage; see also black (not always), see also rhythm and color, see also other, see also underdog.

Punk: as in, rebel, opposing the simple route, imbued with a DIY ethic, looking forward with simplicity, rawness and open curiosity; see also other, see also underdog.

AFROPUNK is defining culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you.

“The AFROPUNK festival is not only a diverse multicultural music fest that has an international influence and platform, but also a growing movement of non-conforming, forward-looking creatives and individuals who live fearlessly and authentically within their unique truth.” – VOX ATL

 


44) Watershed Festival

Watershed Country Music Festival 2021

When: July 29-31 2022

Where: The Gorge Amphitheater, Washington

https://watershedfest.com

Watershed Country Music Festival will return to the Gorge for a wild weekend of twangin’ goodness. Put on your “Shedder gear” (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs.

Watershed Music Festival is the largest country music festival in the Pacific Northwest and is a must-attend for country fans all over the U.S (and the entire world). Located at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, you’ll enjoy sets by the biggest names in country music with an unbeatable backdrop! 

Join the Watershed Music Festival 2022 for more information, camping tips, tickets, etc

 


45) Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Music Festival

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When: August 19-22, 2022

Where: Lakewood, Pennsylvania

https://www.elementsfest.us

“Anticipate hidden forests, beachfront parties, wellness workshops, outdoor activities, interactive performers, and captivating experiences of all kinds. This is Elements Lakewood. We can’t wait to be back in the woods dancing, laughing, and inhibiting our own world together. Your energy and smiling faces inspire us to outdo ourselves each year.

We’ve been dreaming all year of creating new forest escapes, treehouses, and nique experiences to surprise you with. 2019 brings more immersive spaces to become a part of, unique art cars to climb on, large sculptures to explore, secret paths to uncover, exhibits to question, and alternate realities to enter.”

 

 


46) Snowglobe Music Festival

Snowglobe Music Festival - Best US Festivals 2020

When: TBC

Where: South Lake Tahoe, California

http://www.snowglobemusicfestival.com/

“Literally And Figuratively The Chillest Festival Ever.”

This 3-Day EDM Festival is the New Years Eve event of your winter dreams!  Spend your days snowboarding in the beautiful Lake Tahoe mountains, and then party all night to some of the world’s biggest electronic DJ’s!

 


47) The Common Ground Music Festival

Common Ground Music Festival 2020

When: TBC

Where: Lansing

https://www.commongroundfest.com/

“The Common Ground Music Festival is a multiple-day music festival entering its 19th year. The festival has highlighted more than 400 artists including 38 Grammy award winners and 22 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Each July, more than 40,000 people come to Lansing, Michigan to enjoy the best in music, entertainment food, and beverage. This annual celebration features an outstanding lineup of musical acts, focusing on top-level, national and regional music performers of many genres including contemporary and classic rock, pop, alternative, country, hip hop, rhythm & blues, soul and more.”

 


48) Sonic Bloom Festival

Sonic Bloom - Best US Festivals 2020

Credit: Juliana Moskow

When:  June 16-19, 2022

Where: Spanish Peaks Country

http://sonicbloomfestival.com/

“SONIC BLOOM is a 4-day camping festival that brings electronic music, dance, art and human performance together in an atmosphere that inspires open channels of co-creativity for everyone involved.”

Out of all the music festivals in Colorado, this is the one I’m DYING to go to.  It looks like such an amazing festival, and I know many friends who have gone and said how amazing it is.  The line-ups are always awesome, but the reason people go to is the VIBE.  If you’re looking for a good Colorado festival, then this should be your top priority (in my opinion).

Join the SONIC BLOOM Festival 2022 • Hummingbird Ranch • Colorado • June 16-19 Facebook Event for more details.

 


49) Wet Electric Festival

Wet Electric - Best US Festivals 2020

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When: TBC

Where: Phoenix / Tempe   

http://www.wet-electric.com

“Experience all the fun of a rowdy pool party with a banging electronic dance music festival at Wet Electric in Tempe, Arizona! The festival takes over an entire waterpark for two days filled with world-renowned DJs and electronic musicians, extravagant cabanas, wave pools, waterslides, several bars and more. Past performers include artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Lil Jon, The Crystal Method, Swanky Tunes, Robbie Rivera, Darude, Dash Berlin and many others.”

 


50) Boston Calling

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When: May 27-29 2022

Where: Allston, Massachusetts 

https://bostoncalling.com

“Across the street from Harvard Business School, a renowned music festival shakes up the scholarly vibes of nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts, once a year. While most music festivals tend to focus on a few genres, Boston Calling doesn’t discriminate between all the sounds you love; this is the kind of festival you attend when you’re a fan of music, through and through. If you’re the type of person who can go from dancing to lively electronic beats to headbanging to gnarly guitar riffs without delay, consider Boston Calling your music mecca.”


Best New Festival in USA launched in 2021 and returning in 2022 – ARC Music Festival

When: September 2-4, 2022 (Labor Day Weekend)

Where: Union Park, Chicago

https://arcmusicfestival.com

“There are few cities that can lay claim to a feeling, an idea, and a community as their identity like Chicago. House music remains the city’s gift to the music world, a sound that has shifted shape and style as it travels, relinquishing boundaries and connecting fans. Such stands as the ethos of ARC Music Festival.

From the basement clubs of Europe, to the beaches of Ibiza, to iconic festival stages around the world, each setting has had its own lasting impact on the sounds born from the warehouses of the midwest. ARC is the galvanizing force by which electronic music’s vast scenes and tribes may converge for an immersive and distinctly Chicago experience, representing the home of house music —  which has ironically yet to be represented on the global festival circuit, until now.

It is with brighter days ahead that ARC charts a path forward for dance music’s diverse creeds, offering a much needed flagship for Chicago and a new marquee date on the international festival calendar.  We’ll meet you on the dance floor.”

Join the Arc Music Festival 2022 Facebook Event for more details!

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Best New Festival Coming to the US in 2022 – Primavera Sound Los Angeles

When: 16-18 September 2022

Where: LA Historic State Park 

https://www.primaverasound.com/en/los-angeles

In 2019 European festival juggernaut Primavera Sound announced they’d be premiering in the US in 2020 to celebrate its 20th anniversary! How exciting is that – or, rather would that have been if 2020 hadn’t turned into the year it was!? Luckily, it’s now coming in September 2022! After living in Barcelona for two different summer, I know Primavera Sound means serious business, and I can’t wait to see what type of line-up they create in my home-state of California. 

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Bonus Special Event — Burning Man

Best US Festivals

When: August – September 2022

Where: Black Rock City, Nevada (Two Hours Away from Reno) 

https://burningman.org/

Last, I couldn’t complete this article discussing the best parties and events in the US without mentioning Burning Man. BUT – it’s NOT A MUSIC FESTIVAL, which is why I’ve added it as a bonus special event.

After attending Burning Man for the past two years though, I can say it’s one of the most magical and life-changing experiences! It’s a temporary city filled with countless themed camps, LED lights, dust storms, techno sunrise dances, amazing people, and unbeatable burner vibes. 

While it’s definitely the most challenging event on this list to prepare for, it’s by far the most rewarding and memorable. If you’re interested in attending Burning Man, feel free to reach out to me with any questions! I’m happy to discuss the 10 principles, best preparation methods, how to find a camp, and tips for getting tickets!

You can read through my articles on Burner Accessories & Burner Goggles though to help with the shopping list!

 


What USA Music Festivals do you think deserve a spot on this list…?

This list took me quite some time to put together, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and finding some new events around the US! But I’d love to hear from you to see if I missed any specific event! There are thousands of festivals every year in the US (it’s a pretty massive country), so I couldn’t include all of them, but I do think I did a pretty great job at compiling the best US festivals in 2020!  

 


Looking for more music festivals in the USA?

My travel blog is filled with articles just like this that will help you find some of the most fun, magical, and awesome music festivals and parties around the United States. Check out a few of my favorite below, and feel free to reach out to me and let me know about any that I’m missing! 

Best Music Festivals in the USA 2020


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